But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 14:05

Links For The Church (12/24)

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The “Mega Joy” of Christmas

The joy that comes at Christmas is not ordinary, average, or easy to ignore. "The great song of God's triumphant redemption" plays in the background and brings, what Matthew Miller calls, "mega joy."

Christmas for the Weary

Sam Allberry describes four titles of...

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Saturday, 22 December 2018 14:15

Good Cheer for Christmas

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From Spurgeon's sermon "Good Cheer for Christmas," preached December 20th, 1868 . . .

"And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined."-- Isaiah 25:6

"In this...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 14:15

'The Grinch' And The Gospel

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas!(1957) by Ted Geisel (otherwise known as Dr. Seuss) has never been a compelling story to me. Don’t get me wrong—I appreciate the pushback against Christmas consumerism, enjoy the musical score, and find Max the dog adorable. But even as a little girl...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 14:10

On-Screen Sexual Nudity Should Make Us Weep

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Lately, I have been heartbroken over how many Bible-believing Christians approve of watching certain movies which include scenes with on-screen nudity and sexual content (by which I mean literal sexual content, not something implied). I’m not just talking about immature Christians who...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 14:15

The Only Way to Truly Rest

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I know something about you. You struggle to rest frequently and struggle to find the answer why. I know this about you because it is true about every one of us. We are restless and that is portrayed in many ways such as anxiety, depression, and overworking. There are many books that discuss how to...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 14:10

How Churches Can Help Women Study God's Word

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I’ll never forget my trips to the teacher supply store in elementary school. I loved teaching my students (aka my sister) and decorating my “classroom” in our basement with calendars, lessons, and inspirational posters. One such poster stands out in my memory: it had a photograph...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 14:05

When Your Sin Finds You Out

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And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 14:15

The Minister's Journey in "Witch Wood"

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The stuff of pastoring is pretty ancient. The time-tested descriptors and oppositions largely remain unchanged throughout the centuries. I was met with this truth all over again when I dusted off an old story where the pastor is actually the protagonist (how often does THAT happen? At best pastors...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 14:10

The Resurrection: The Secret Ingredient of Theology

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The word “catastrophe,” especially in literature, carries the idea of a sudden and unexpected disaster in the narrative. A drastic drop off in the story. The catastrophe is an all-too-common experience, not just in literature, but in our own lives. Sudden and unexpected death in the...

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Monday, 17 December 2018 14:15

Don't Reap to the Edge of Your Field

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I’m not a farmer.

I’ve wondered at times how I might read the Bible differently if I was. Much of the Bible was written from an agrarian sense of perspective. We read about fields, crops, and harvests in its pages. Jesus told stories about farmers and made spiritual points using imagery...

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Monday, 17 December 2018 14:10

Raising the Cross

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Typically, when we think of the Reformation and the effect it had, “art” is not usually something that comes to mind. However, the theology of the Reformation had a profound impact on art. In his book, How Should We Then Live?, Francis Schaeffer explains that “to...

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 14:15

A Baby, Yet Omnipresent

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"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."—Hebrews 13:8

There is more to the Christmas miracle than we often realize.

Every year at this time as we celebrate the birth of baby Jesus to the virgin Mary, I don't suppose it occurs to too many merrymakers that what they're really...

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 14:10

God Is Your Open Door

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No man is an island.

Many would agree with this, but hard times can leave us wondering who to consistently rely on. Where do you run when crisis hits? You know, at 3 a.m., when your migraine makes you wonder if your heavenly mansion is ready yet? Or you’re wide awake with worry and grief over...

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 14:05

Links For The Church (12/17)

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Love [Your Neighbor As] Yourself

Lore Wilbert offers some more insight on the conversation about loving church members who are overweight. Her perspective is nuanced and helpful for those who may share in her struggles.

3 Reasons To Consider Hiring Older Church Leaders

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Saturday, 15 December 2018 14:15

Abide with Me

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"Come unto me."-- Matthew 11:28

The cry of the Christian religion is the gentle word, "Come." The Jewish law harshly said, "Go, take heed unto thy steps as to the path in which thou shalt walk. Break the commandments, and thou shalt perish; keep them, and thou shalt live." The law was a dispensation...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 14:15

The Christmas Story in a #MeToo Age

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I lived next door to a gal who’s dad would pastor a church and abuse children. The leaders of the church would find out, cover it up, and then quietly ask him to leave—a condemnable sweeping under the rug. And then, of course, he would go do it again at another church. For decades he...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 14:10

Bad Biblical Theology Leads to Bad Sermons

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Much modern evangelical biblical theology is a gift to the church. It has successfully stemmed the tide of moralistic preaching in many churches and has provided useful theological resources to combat the most egregious theological dangers of our day, such as the prosperity gospel.

But I’ve...

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In a recent Christianity Today article entitled “The Embodied Church in a Digital Age,” Kara Bettis shares the story of how one church performed a virtual reality (VR) baptism. According to Bettis, the baptism had no water and required no physical, interpersonal contact. On the...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:15

The 2018 FTC Book Awards

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We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2nd annual FTC Book Awards. A selection of judges from our council, editorial staff, and seminary contributors each recommended a 2018 title that impacted them personally and/or represents a significant contribution to the Church and her...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:10

The Error of Prosperity Theology

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The error of prosperity theology comes down to one question: Does the Christian receive all the benefits of the cross now, or are some benefits of salvation kept for us until Christ returns? That's it. How you answer that question determines if you embrace prosperity theology or not.

Prosperity...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 14:10

Christ’s Shocking Pleas for Mercy

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It’s one of the most arresting scenes in the history of literature. It’s filled with instruction and intrigue. But it doesn’t stop with my mind; it also gets after my heart and my will. Every time I read it I am humbled and compelled to change.

“And Jesus said, ‘Father,...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 14:05

Reading Scripture Rightly

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When reading a section of Scripture, we will find that a passage almost always comes across weighted on one side of an issue or another. I mean this: a passage is written intended to drive a certain point home, aimed at a particular audience, for a specific reason by an author who knew what was...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 14:15

Why We Shouldn't Change the Gospel

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At times, change can be a good thing. I know it has been for me. Over a decade ago, I made a change and moved to the DFW metroplex. Growing up, I never thought I would live in Dallas, but when the opportunity presented itself, I took it. I took the opportunity because I...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 14:10

Advent: Two Kinds of Waiting at Once

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During the long December weeks of Advent, children anticipate the joy of Christmas morning. And they’re right to do so: our traditional Christmas celebrations—the presents, the food, the songs—properly echo the spiritual joy we feel at knowing that God is with us, Emmanuel, here...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 14:45

N.A. and the Power of Being Real

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I was a rising Junior in college, sitting outside a coffee shop in my hometown during my summer break. I looked up from my book and noticed a boy, probably three or four years my junior, at the table next to me. He was reading The Catcher in the Rye, and I immediately sized him up as a distraught...

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